When the craft beer movement was first taking hold in Kansas City, Glen Stinson took up home brewing as a hobby for a short time.
Now, more than two decades later, instead of filling a few “carboys” set up in the basement kitchen of his Parkville home, he has a seven-barrel system in an 8,500-square-foot brewery, bar, restaurant, patio and event space at 119 Armour Road in North Kansas City. A beer garden is under construction.
Calibration Brewery has nine beers on tap: All Day All Night Coconut Brown Ale, Beast in Me Brown Ale, Carry On Milk Stout, Compared to What? Scottish Ale, I Scare Myself IPA, Let it Flow Golden Ale, and Some Kind of Wonderful Hefeweizen, along with two seasonal beers — For What It’s Worth Strawberry Blonde Ale and Follow the Drinking Gourd Pumpkin Ale. Head brewer Pat Sandman was a head brewer at the former 75th Street Brewery.
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Menu items include wings with a variety of sauces, black bean hummus and toasted pita, chili, grilled chicken salad, bacon and beer cheese hot dog, gyros and the Bacontarian — black bean hummus, grilled onions and carrots, shredded romaine, tomato, avocado, sprouts and Applewood smoked bacon on a toasted pita. Calibration Brewery also will soon offer daily specials.
Stinson has owned the North Kansas City building for more than two decades, leasing it to various tenants over the years. Stinson spent eight months converting the spot into Calibration. The tabletops are made from “live edge walnut” slabs, which incorporate the natural edge of the wood. A walnut tree stump from Glen Stinson’s Parkville home serves as a table base.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It is closed Sunday.